Social Studies 4: Geographies of Alaska, Hawaii, and Washington, D.C.
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Turns out you don't have to be connected to the mainland to be a state, and you can technically live in the United States without...living in a state. Weird huh? Today's lesson is all about Alaska, Hawaii, and Washington D.C.
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Well, then you should definitely be able to feel the pain of Alaska, Hawaii and Washington,
After all, Hawaii is way out there in the middle of the Pacific, Alaska might as well [The three locations shown on a map]
be a part of Canada, and Washington DC is in its own weird little place that isn't technically
a part of any U.S. State at all.
In addition to being separate from the rest of the country – either physically or bureaucratically [Coop pointing at a blackboard]
– all three places have their own unique geographies.
Alaska, for instance, the 49th state admitted to the Union, is located on the western side [Alaska map with eyes]
of the United States.
Well…the western side of Canada, technically. [A salmon jumps over Alaska]
It's also the largest state by area.
Alaska's economy is based on its large amount of forestland... [Video of large forest]
…the fishing on its coasts... [Boat in an icy sea]
….and its large supply of oil. [Oil rigs]
Yeah…surprisingly little of its income comes from hockey ticket sales. [Guy holding tickets]
Hawaii, on the other hand, is practically the polar opposite of Alaska. [The islands of Hawaii]
The 50th state added to the Union, Hawaii is located Southwest of the rest of the country,
and is made up of islands surrounded by the Pacific ocean. [Guy surfing a big wave]
Hawaii's economy is based on tourism, because, well, just look at it. [Guy asking for a picture next to a waterfall]
It has beaches, volcanoes, palm trees, people wearing hula skirts, and gigantic fruity drinks. [Pictures of the things in Hawaii]
What's not to love?
Okay, maybe the active volcanoes. [Smoking volcano]
But they're still pretty cool. [Guy running saying everyone is going to die]
Last up is Washington DC, our national capital. [A pin in Washington on the map]
Despite being only 68 square miles in area, it is home to the many buildings that make
up the United States federal government. [Pictures of the government buildings]
Funny enough, despite its small size, Washington's population is nearly as large as that of Alaska. [Dino pointing at a blackboard]
Aside from government, Washington DC benefits from tourism as well, as it’s visited by [Statue of Lincoln]
millions of people each year. [Video of a busy street]
Because who doesn't want to travel all the way to DC to look at a big pillar of rock [Person pointing at the Washington Monument]
sticking out of the ground, right? They also have museums.
Alaska, Hawaii and Washington are definitely a few of the odd ones out…but that doesn't [Strange looking man appears with trousers on his head]
make them any less a part of America.
As long as they keep paying their taxes, anyway… [Money falling]